Zika Virus & Microcephaly

January 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm (Uncategorized)

For those of you who travel out of country, and now for those of you in Texas and around the US Gulf Coast – Zika virus has been documented in the United States! It’s an emerging infectious disease that is spread by mosquitos. It’s similar to illness that resembles dengue fever or chikungunya –  it presents as a mild fever, rash, and headaches.

Take extra caution to prevent mosquito bites, especially if you’re female and wanting to become pregnant soon. A link has been correlated with the infection and microcephaly (small brain size) in newborns. Consequences of microcephaly itself include neurologic and developmental disorders (eg, seizure disorders, intellectual disability, spasticity).

If you have traveled out of country and become ill, seek medical attention upon returning to the US. Medical doctors (MDs) and naturopathic physicians (NDs) can test for the virus; NDs can offer many options for aiding your body to rid itself of the virus and achieve optimal health. Oftentimes, multiple untreated viral infections, multiple rounds of antibiotics, stressful and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases.

Here’s a list of the CDC’s recommended insect repellents: CDC Insect Repellents

Natural alternatives may be as effective and less toxic though it would be a good idea to take a CDC recommended repellent with you while traveling in case your natural alternative doesn’t end working well. Also, covering up your skin, even in hot, humid weather will help prevent bug bites. There are plenty of high-tech clothing options available that are moisture-wicking.

Alternative repellents:

Burt’s Bees Insect Repellent

All Terrain Insect Repellent

Links for articles for Zika Virus:

Medscape Zika Virus, US 01.12.16

Medscape Zika Virus, Latin America 12.16.15

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